Posted by John W on June 22, 1998 at 00:33:22:
In response to A guess, written by Linden on June 20, 1998 at 19:35:29
Knighthood is a rank not a status--a knight is not a nobleman, and Sir (from Norman French 'Sire') just acknowledges that rank. At one time priests were given the same title--see Chaucer. Mr implies no rank, it is simply an abbreviation of Master, just flattery like an Indian calling someone Sahib. Both commoners and peers were addressed by their substantive names without prefix as a form of familiarity--remember Mrs Elton and her elegant terseness 'Knightley'?.
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